When it comes to data governance, there is no straightforward approach in application or policy. However, the importance of a data governance strategic plan has not waned. Information Management brought this interesting information to our attention in their article, “How to write a good data governance policy.”

Data governance is the overall management of the findability, usability, integrity and security of data used in an enterprise. A sound data governance program includes a governing body or council, a defined set of procedures and a plan to execute those procedures.

Sounds simple, right? Processes must be defined to effectively cover how the data will be stored, archived, backed up and protected. A set of standards and procedures must be developed that defines how the data is to be used by authorized personnel. A set of controls and audit procedures must be put into place that ensures ongoing compliance with internal data policies and external government regulations, and that guarantees data is used in a consistent manner across multiple enterprise applications.

Not so simple, but still very important.

Melody K. Smith

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